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Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel. The fighters gained control of

IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif

Is a New Middle East War on Israel’s Horizon?

Today’s Top Stories 1.Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus crafts an in-depth analysis of the various players on and near to Israel’s northern and north-eastern borders. Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State, Assad forces, Russia and a variety of other groups are variously competing and cooperating, each with different agendas

Knesset Legalizes Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s Knesset approves legislation retroactively legalizing certain settlements, but the issue isn’t as simple as some headlines imply. Certain West Bank “settlements” (which are typically called “outposts” by Israelis) are actually illegal under Israeli law, if they are not properly approved and permitted by the Israeli government. One example is the recently evacuated Amona

US Puts Iran “On Notice” After Missile Test

Today’s Top Stories 1. US puts Iran “on notice” after missile test. Iran has long boasted of having missiles that can travel 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles), putting much of the Middle East, including Israel, in range. Such capability would also put U.S. bases in the region in danger. In the wake of Iran’s ballistic missile test

Security Council to Discuss Provocative Iranian Missile Test

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran provocatively test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on Sunday. The UN Security Council was due to meet today for urgent talks on the test and whether the launch violates Security Council resolution 2231. According to the New York Times: The Iranian missile traveled

Are Israeli Secrets Safe With Trump Administration?

Today’s Top Stories 1. US intelligence officials have warned their Israeli counterparts against sharing sensitive information with the Trump administration out of fear of secrets being leaked to Russia — and then to Iran. Ronen Bergman reports: These fears, which began upon Trump’s election, grew stronger following a meeting held recently between Israeli and American

Jerusalem Terror Victims Laid to Rest

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israelis came out in the thousands to lay to rest the four soldiers killed in yesterday’s Palestinian truck ramming attack in Jerusalem. The four soldiers were Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach from Alon Shvut. All four

NY Blacklists Pro-BDS Businesses

Today’s Top Stories 1. The New York Post, the state of New York has already begun a blacklist of companies it won’t do business with over their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Meanwhile, Ontario became the first Canadian province to pass anti-BDS legislation resolution. Last but not least, an anti-BDS

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